Archive for October 11th, 2017

11/10/2017

Attacks against Rohingya ‘a Ploy’ to Drive Them Away; Prevent Their Return – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

11 October 2017 – Brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks have been carried out against the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar, with the intention of not just driving them away but also preventing their return, a new United Nations human rights report has revealed.

In September 2017, newly arrived Rohingya refugees from Myanmar walk through paddy fields and flooded land after they fled over the border into Cox’s Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Brown

Based on on-the-ground interviews in Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have sought refuge, the report also draws attention to a strategy to “instil deep and widespread fear and trauma – physical, emotional and psychological” among the Rohingya population.

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11/10/2017

Leaders ‘Not interested’ in Finding Solution to Yemen Crisis – UN Special Envoy 

Human Wrongs Watch

Parties to the conflict in Yemen are eroding the path to peace while the country’s people suffer amid a man-made humanitarian catastrophe, said on 10 October a senior United Nations official, urging Security Council member countries to use their political and economic powers to pressure warring sides to commit to a path of peace.

In the Harat Al-Masna’a slum in Sana’a, Yemen, a man walks with his three-year-old daughter which sits next to a former textile factory and hosts 231 families of former factory workers. Photo: Giles Clarke for UNOCHA

“In Yemen, there are no winners on the battlefield. The losers are the Yemeni people who suffer by this war,” stated Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, briefing the Security Council.

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11/10/2017

Housing ‘Most Urgent Need’ for Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica

Human Wrongs Watch

Three weeks since category 5 Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica, the scope of the damage remains daunting, with islanders in dire need of water, electricity, food and supplies, the United Nations migration agency reported on 10 October as it continued to carry out an array of activities as part of the response.

A woman walks in the street of Roseau, capital of Dominica, which is struggling to overcome the severe impact of two category 5 hurricanes which tore through the region in September 2017. Photo: UNICEF/Moreno Gonzalez

11/10/2017

Race to Prevent Cholera Outbreak among Half a Million Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch

In a race to prevent a cholera outbreak among the more than half a million Rohingya refugee arrivals over the past six weeks in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, United Nations agencies launched on 10 October a massive immunization campaign.

UNICEF supplies vaccines for a massive cholera vaccination campaign targeting all Rohingya refugees that have arrived in Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

“Emergency vaccination saves lives. The risk of cholera is clear and present, and the need for decisive action apparent,” says Dr. N Paranietharan, World Health Organization Representative to Bangladesh said.

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